Whilst the tour was interesting and the anecdotes and information were useful, the main downside for me was the timing. There were 15 guest riders on the tour and 3 staff. It was good that the staff to riders ratio showed a responsible approach, but it felt like too many riders. By the time we were all sorted on the bikes and ready to leave it was well past the advertised start time, we had (I believe three punctures) that they had to stop and repair (not suggesting that the bikes were not in perfect condition – we were just unlucky), one of them involved a long stop under a bridge where the staff swapped roles to try and keep us entertained. But what surprised me was that after all these stops for repairs, the rain and the usual stops for commentary from the main guide, we still arrived back at the finish at the allotted time.
A smaller group with no punctures, even with the stops for commentary etc could easily knock an hour (or more) off the time it takes.
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